The Public Health Department of Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS) confirms the cessation of activities of the mobile COVID-19 screening unit due to the arrival of the winter season and shares the results of the operations of this initiative put in place since the first wave of the pandemic.
The mobile unit is a bus that has been transformed into a vaccination clinic. It crisscrossed the municipalities of the Laurentians by temporarily settling in different places, thus allowing the car screening of citizens wishing to obtain a test to find out if they were infected with COVID-19.
The mobile screening unit will therefore have traveled from May 25 to October 29. A total of 29 municipalities were visited and some were visited several times. This represents 107 outings that will have enabled more than 9,500 screenings among the population of the Laurentians.
The project not only made it possible to significantly increase the number of tests for COVID-19 in the region, but it also improved the accessibility of the screening service to the population in different sectors of the region.
“All these screenings were carried out thanks to the charity of people from here and elsewhere who reached out to us. I would like to thank all the people and teams who, through their mobilization and solidarity, have contributed to the success of this service,” declared the director of public health for the Laurentians, Dr. Éric Goyer.
The partners involved are as follows: Mr. Pierre Lavoie, the City of Saguenay; the Société de transport du Saguenay; the CISSS of Center-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal; the Rivière-du-Nord School Services Center; the Saint-Jérôme Road Transport Training Center and their team of drivers assigned to the mobile unit, and above all, the staff of the CISSS des Laurentides.
The Laurentian Public Health Department is evaluating the feasibility of different scenarios in order to continue improving its service offering for COVID-19 screening in the region.